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Wasp/Mantis Cross?? - Climaciella brunnea

Wasp/Mantis Cross?? - Climaciella brunnea
Missoula, Missoula County, Montana, USA
August 11, 2006
Size: 1 inch long
This thing looks like a cross between a wasp and a preying mantis. Tiny triangular head and long folding forelegs like a mantis. Legs, abdomen, and wings like a wasp. In this picture the forelegs are folded, but are almost an inch long when extended.

Climaciella brunnea
Thanks to all for the identification and comments. Not being able to identify this insect was really starting to bug me!

Wasp Mantis
Saw one of these strange guys today while working in my yard. Got a couple good pictures. 4/19/2009

Climaciella brunnea

Tried to find your pics, but no luck. Will try again later.


#70153 Identification (confirmed) -- Climaciella brunnea
This is the mantispid Climaciella brunnea (Say in Keating, 1824).

my expertise is actually in the Pompilidae. I basically moved it to this page because it had an extreme similarity to the others, I'm glad I was correct!

to species guide page.

Brown Mantidfly
This is a Brown Mantidfly. Neat find!

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